Accountability and justice are essential to ensuring the realization of human rights, to reconciliation, and to peace. The EU will therefore hold a side event on “The International Criminal Court after 15 years: Prospects for the future” to discuss the impact of the ICC’s work. We are pleased that the President of the ICC, Mr. Sang-Hyun Song, has confirmed his participation in the event. For further information on the side event please see here
We will clearly continue to keep a very close watch on the appalling situation of human rights in Syria: any resolution must issue a forceful call on the world do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation, and the on-going and widespread violations of human rights. We will continue to support the work of the Commission of Inquiry and press for their access to the country.
The EU continues to raise concerns about the use of excessive force by security forces against protestors, increasing restrictions of public meetings, as well as restrictions on freedom of the press in Sudan. We will press for a HRC resolution that adequately reflects the reality on the ground. We will also advocate for the extension of the mandate of the Independent Expert.
The 24th session of the Council will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the situation in Somalia, on which the EU will host a major international Conference in Brussels on 16 September. We will use this Council session to support the extension of the mandate of the Independent Expert. We are also looking forward to working with our African partners to address the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the Central African Republic (CAR).
The Human Rights Council takes place against the background of recent developments in Egypt. EU Foreign Ministers set out their views in detail at an extraordinary meeting in August, making clear that we stand ready to assist the people of Egypt, at this challenging moment in their quest for a stable, inclusive and democratic future.
In its Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, the European Union promised to intensify its efforts to promote Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The renewal of mandates for the Special Rapporteur on Right to Health and on Drinking Water and Sanitation are therefore important issues for us in the upcoming session. We will also actively engage in discussions on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ahead of the World Conference on Indigenous People in 2014.
“The EU adopted a clear strategy for its work on human rights around the world just over a year ago, with the UN Human Rights Council at its centre. We intend once more to make the maximum possible use of this session to work – alongside partners from all regions – for the promotion and protection of all rights across the globe,” said EU Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Mariangela Zappia.